By NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic By TMR File
EDOTCO Group Sdn Bhd has established a partnership with Intelsat SA to utilise pioneering industry solutions that would enable better rural solutions, solve backhaul issues while expanding remote site monitoring and surveillance abilities in South and South-East Asia.
edotco CEO Suresh Sidhu (picture) said the partnership is in line with the need to narrow connectivity gap that is even more crucial now as the nation moves towards the 5G adoption, Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities concept.
“Improving connectivity in rural and remote areas has risen as a key priority for mobile network operators (MNOs).
“Working with Intelsat will allow us to bundle satellite backhaul into our existing offerings, helping operators extend their services to hard-to-reach areas. This collaboration will present MNOs with a new generation of network services,” he said in a statement yesterday.
edotco is the first regional and integrated telecommunications infrastructure services in Asia, which offers solutions in the tower services sector.
It operates and manages a regional portfolio comprising 29,300 towers, with 18,800 towers being operated directly and 10,500 towers through a range of services provided.
Intelsat Asia Pacific regional VP Terry Beakley said the relationship is expected to significantly improve coverage and backhaul connectivity reach while solving challenges associated with deployment speed and efficient use of resources.
“We are continually seeking ways to unlock new network solutions. New innovations in antenna and ground technology are making satellite’s inherent strengths such as ubiquity, geographic reach and resiliency more widely available across the telecommunications sector.
“By collaborating with tower providers like edotco, we can use our respective expertise to expand infrastructure that connects more people and delivers more services,” Beakley said.
Intelsat operates the world’s first globalised network, which combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, inter-operable architecture.
Recently, edotco signed a deal with Philippines-based telecommunications company Smart Communications Inc and common tower pioneer Isoc Infrastructure Inc to accelerate the cell sites rollout across the Philippines.